joi, 4 august 2016

”A Summer Like No Other” ("Broken Dreams", #1) by Elodie Nowodazkij - Review

Title: A Summer Like No Other
Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
Release Date: July 2015
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She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.
They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

Sixteen-year-old Emilia Moretti’s goal for the summer is simple: forget her brother’s best friend—Nick Grawsky—ever existed. It should be easy: He’s spending his summer in the Hamptons, adding girls in tiny bikinis to his list of broken hearts. Guarantee he won’t be telling them they’re like his little sisters. This summer, Emilia won’t stay awake at night thinking about him. She’ll need flawless ballet movements to have a shot at next year’s showcase, and she’s finally ready to search for her birth parents. But when Nick decides to stay in the city, Emilia’s resolve disappears in a pirouette. Maybe it’s the spin they needed to be together. As long as she doesn’t get stuck believing in happily ever after…

Nick is tired of pretending to be the happy, let’s-have-fun guy. His father wants him to change his career from professional dancer to…lawyer. He needs to put all of his focus on dancing to prove to Daddy Dearest he’s good enough to make it big. And he may have a case of the bluest balls in history courtesy of Emilia. She’s off-limits: The bro code with Roberto even forbids the dirty thoughts he has about her. Besides, he’s not boyfriend material. He only has time for flings, for girls who don’t expect much, for girls he doesn’t want to kiss goodnight. He knows he should resist her, but he’s not sure he wants to…

At least for this summer.
It’s going to be a summer like no other.


To be honest, I've never been a fan of contemporary romance books, especially if they involve teenagers, because, usually, we have to deal with a lot of cliches, blunt characters and melodramatic situations. However, this was not the case with A Summer Like No Other.

The subject of the book doesn't bring news. Yet I do enjoyed the fact that Elodie decided to approach some sensitive subjects, such as the struggle of a orphan searching for her real parents, her real identity, the serious problems inside an apparently perfect family (and I'm talking about Nick's family), the workplace issue, friendship, the past, the obsession of some parents (Nick's dad, for instance) to have absolute control over their kid's future. These subplots come and improve the main plot, which is the love story between Em and Nick.

Speaking of Em and Nick, I must say, they were such a pleasant surprise for me. At first, they seemed to be quite superficial, but I slowly developed a real sympathy for them. There is no evolution, honestly - Em and Nick from the ending are broadly the same as Em and Nick from the beginning. Nevertheless, I loved how down to earth they are. They just seem actual, believable. Moreover, Nick proves himself, sometimes, to be a mature boy, which I really liked. Emilia is sixteen, so she's not so "baked", but she is a nice person and I thoroughly support her wish to discover her origins. Their relationship is pretty exciting, still I am so annoyed by the so-called "bro code" which forbids any romance between Nick and Em. Actually, I'm annoyed by all the excessive care and concern Em's family treats her with. I do understand their reasons, but they need to grasp the idea that, sooner or later, Emilia will have to deal with life on her own.

The things I disliked about this book were some gaps in the description of the settings and a few poorly written dialogues and passages. It's contemporary romance, thus we don't need any sophisticaded language, but I stumbled across some very trivial phrases and excerpts.

Overall, A Summer Like No Other is a quick, summerish, pleasant reading and I'm glad I got to know Em and Nick.

My Rating: 4/5

3 comentarii:

  1. Din păcate cât mai multe cărți în care sunt implicați adolescenții sunt pline de clișee și de muultă muultă dramă. "A summer like no other" sună bine, plus că îmi plac și titlul și coperta. Abia aștept să mai citesc și eu ceva în engleză, căci n-am mai citit de mult timp.
    Mulțumim pentru recenzie și spor la citit! >:D<

    P.S. Te-am nominalizat la Liebster Award. Sper să-ți faci timp și să răspunzi la întrebări:

  2. Da, așa e. Din fericire, sunt unele cărți care reușesc să vină și cu ceva nou, peste ”pătura” de clișee.
    Mulțumesc pentru urare și pentru leapșă! :D Imediat arunc un ochi. Spor la citit și ție!

  3. Doamne, deci coperțile cărților în altă limbă sunt efectiv superbeeee. Ador coperțile cărților lui Alice Munro, spre exemplu - cele străine, să le zic așa, dar și ale noastre, de la Ed. Litera, sunt frumoase. Totuși, celelalte parcă au ceva mai... nu știu, mai estetic, mai frumos.


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